Networking is the process to connect with people; to get to know them well enough to have an idea about the strengths that they can bring to a troop activity. These people could be fellow leaders, parents, or members of the community. Forming a network enables the leader to have a support group and a wealth of information around the troop. It makes the leader's job easier. The goal of networking is to talk with people frequently enough so that you will feel comfortable asking them for information. Asking other leaders where to go camping, talking to a friend about how to handle a problem girl in the troop, asking a member of the community if your troop could come and visit their business are all examples of networking.
Networking is as easy as talking! If you meet a total stranger:
Networking can help you help your troop. By using networking on fellow leaders you can find out important information on how they did activities in the past-you can base your activities on their knowledge. By networking with the parents, you are forming a basis from which you can ask for their help or expertise at meetings. By networking with members of the community you are adding program experts to your troop.
Networking is an important way to get tasks done through the knowledge of others and can make leaders' jobs much easier.